All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Viewed from a distance of two decades, maybe the most remarkable thing about the hurling summer of 1995 is just how unpromising it was roundly agreed (...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

The mushroom theory of hurling development in Cork became a cliche so long ago that its ironic referencing has by this stage become equally cliched. T(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrate securing the county’s third league title with a 10-point victory over Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford’s revival is complete. As Derek McGrath would say afterwards, the Déise fans do not scoff at days like this. And rightly so. Just a year aft(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Cormac Murphy of Cork in action during the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final at Semple Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford, as the county freely accept, hasn’t so gilded a history that they will take lightly any silverware let alone national titles but even by th(...)

If Cork can limit their influence, through Aidan Walsh (above), Séamus Harnedy and Mark Ellis in the central area Waterford’s challenge won’t run as smoothly. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Hurling League final Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 3.30pm – It has been a notable aspect of Waterford’s feisty displays that they rea(...)

Waterford’s Tony Browne is pursued by Brian Corcoran and Pat Ryan of Cork during the 1998 National Hurling League Final. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho.

It doesn’t feel like 17 years ago but Cork and Waterford return to Thurles for a hurling league final for the first time since 1998. Cork were buildin(...)

 Waterford’s Pauric Mahony and Cork’s Lorcán McLoughlin at Croke Park on Monday in advance of the Allianz Hurling League Division One  final. Photograph: Sportsfile

Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League final is already a novelty. Aside from the absence of Kilkenny, who have contested eight of the last 10 finals, the Co(...)

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham saw his side lose out on two scorable frees due to new advantage rule in their one-point Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Cork.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham was in an awkward position. His team had sustained an agonising, one-point defeat at the end of a match they appeared t(...)

Alan Cadogan returns at corner forward for Cork in their Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork are back to full strength for Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Dublin at Nowlan Park.Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has welcomed b(...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara: is the third of Jim Gavin’s football panel in little over 12 months to sustain ACL rupture. Photograph: Inpho

The Dublin footballers must come to terms with another cruciate injury setback, as news emerged last night that forward Eoghan O’Gara will miss the r(...)